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Thomas Muller signing could revive Manchester United

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In the Champions League semi-final first leg, Thomas Müller could be found staring into the diminishing Madrid horizon, almost admiring the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu - his lips pursed, frowning as his mind swirled with Pep Guardiola's decision to bench him.

As it transpired, the encounter was the stepping stone to Bayern's unceremonious exit from the European Cup and possibly Müller's departure from the Allianz Arena.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenige's recent imploring for any disillusioned member of Guardiola's squad to visit his office and Müller and his agent's refusal to rule out a move to Manchester United will only intensify the speculation.

The Germany international, expected to play a pivotal role in Germany's bid to secure their fourth World Cup title, has become subdued in Bavaria, exasperated with Guardiola's inconsistency in selecting him, despite registering 18 goals.

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski's imminent arrival will further decrease his chances for a starting berth.

Manchester United, as with Barcelona, who emerged victorious following a transfer ban sentenced by FIFA, are believed to be interested in the 24-year-old's services.

He enjoys a coherent relationship with Louis Van Gaal, the most probable next United manager, having been promoted to the first-team from Bayern's hailed academy by the Dutchman, as with another United target Toni Kroos.

Van Gaal is expected to be handed a £200m budget by chief executive Ed Woodward to spend on reinforcements and Muller would be an excellent acquisition.

His creative propensities would entice optimal performance from Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, while the 24-year-old is a threat with his feet and tall frame.

His versatility - equally comfortable as a forward, central attacking midfielder and a winger - would be a wonderful asset for United to possess.

A move to Old Trafford for Bayern colleague Kroos is seemingly feasible, given the German's admiration of Van Gaal, his acrimosity with Guardiola and the extent of his contract stall, recently prompting Franz Beckenbauer to label his contract demands as "going through the roof".

United are prepared to meet his high salary demands and invest substantially in the 24-year-old, proven by their efficient pursuit of Juan Mata, the Spaniard's signature secured for a record club fee £37m.

 

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